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The Away Day Guide: Manchester United

Sunderland take on Manchester United at the 'Theatre of Dreams' this Boxing Day - here's our handy little guide on how to get there, where to drink, what to do and what the ground is like.

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How Do I Get There?

Due to it being Boxing Day, it's cars and coaches for anyone travelling from the North East.

It's straight forward if you're going by car - just drive down the A19 and then get yourself onto the A1(M), before joining the M1. Join the M62 at junction 42, where you'll eventually merge onto the M60. Leave that at junction 9 where the A5081 will take you right up to Old Trafford.

Pretty much everywhere around the ground turns into a match day car park but, given they're the biggest team in the world, it's hardly cheap. You're looking close to a tenner, which just isn't very Northern if you ask me.

Where Should I Drink?

A lot of the pubs near the stadium don't admit travelling fans, so try to venture a bit further a field. Our Man City guide covered the city centre a bit, but he's some a bit closer to the red half.

The Quadrant is only a short walk away though and always has a mixture of both home and away fans. Head in the direction of the cricket ground and it should only take you about 10 minutes to get there.

If you don't mind using a taxi/public transport to find a watering hole, you're options open up a bit. Located in Salford, the Paul Heaton owned Kings Arms Ale House is a great pub with an excellent selection of beers and only two miles away. Staying in Salford, the Quays boasts The Lime Bar where you can get a decent pint and mix with the locals.

If you're too hungover from excessive eating and drinking the day before, you can get a drink in the stadium for around four quid. The usual fare is Heineken, John Smiths and Bulmers.

Where Should I Head If I'm At A Loose End?

Just like with the pubs, it's worth having a look at our away day guide for Manchester City for a few things to do in the city, but we'll add one that we didn't cover last time.

Given that it's a bank holiday not many places are open but it's business as usual at The Salford Lowery. There's a Salford theme running through this guide and The Lowery ticks a few boxes if you have some spare time. If you don't already know, The Lowery (named after artist LS Lowery) is a theatre and gallery, so you can take in a show and check out their exhibitions. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is showing over Christmas, starring Phil Jupitus & Jason Manford, and this production gives the classical musical a great service, complete with flying car.

If you don’t fancy the show, then you can view many of LS Lowery's works in the building, so it's certainly worth checking out.

What Is Old Trafford Like?

"The Theatre Of Dreams" as Clive Tyldesley would call it is certainly one of football's most iconic venues. Take a walk around Old Trafford and you'll see statues for their two greatest managers - Sir Alex Ferguson & Sir Matt Busby. There's monuments to those who tragically died in the Munich air disaster as well, so you get an immediate sense of the clubs history.

The stadium is also the biggest in English club football, holding 75,635. Gradual developments have taken place over the years to expand and modernise Old Trafford, with the most recent taking place in 2006 when the North East & North West quadrants were redeveloped. It certainly gives the ground an intimidating feeling, regardless of United's performances.

Away supporters are located in the corner between the East & Sir Bobby Charlton stands which can accommodate up to 3000. The front row of the away section is roughly halfway up the stand, so views are generally good whichever part you're located in.

Hopefully those travelling down will be viewing David Moyes exacting his revenge upon the club that sacked him as we shake off our Christmas hangovers.